Community Update - A monthly Newsletter for Broward County Residents

April 2011

Broward County Animal Care to Conduct Courtesy “Pet Checks”

Broward County Animal Care officers are promoting responsible pet ownership by making courtesy door-to-door visits, within their assigned zones, to educate pet owners about the Broward County Animal Care and Regulation Ordinance. Section 4-10 requires that all dogs and cats (including indoor cats) be vaccinated against rabies every year (or every three years if a three-year vaccine is issued). Section 4-11 requires that all dogs and cats have and wear a Broward County pet license tag. For more information, visit More...


Traffic Engineering Gives Drivers the Green Light

Green means “go” and the going is not only good - it’s getting even better. That’s the word from the Broward County Traffic Engineering Division. During the first phase of the agency’s “Green Lights” program, 480 traffic signals were synchronized on 20 east to west traffic corridors from Hillsboro Boulevard to Miramar Parkway in Broward County. University Drive and U.S. Hwy. 1 have also recently been synchronized. All north-south corridors are expected to be synchronized by the end of 2011. Drivers are already taking notice. For more information, visit and click GREEN LIGHTS PROGRAM. More...


Veterans Services Offers Assistance To Veterans and Their Families

Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services Division has eight state-certified Veterans Services Officers, all themselves veterans, who provide free service and assistance to local veterans and their families. Services include assistance with application for veterans benefits and entitlements, needs assessment for other community support services and programs; and referrals to other county and community organizations that offer resources to help veterans and their families achieve self-sufficiency and enhance quality of life. Last year, officers helped change the lives of more than 700 residents, with more than $4 million in claims submitted and approved. Veterans Services Officers are also available for presentations to homeowner associations and community groups. The process of applying for and receiving veterans benefits can be confusing. For assistance, call 954-357-6622, or visit and click VETERANS SERVICES.


“Know the Flow” Presentation for Homeowners Association

The Broward County Natural Resources Planning and Management Division offers a free, fun and informative presentation to homeowner associations that teaches residents how to save money, save water, and “go green.” The division’s 20-minute “Know the Flow” presentation answers all these questions and more. For more information or to schedule a presentation for your group, contact Asif Ali at 954-519-1222 or email


Extension Education Offers Landscaper Certification

State law now requires certification for landscape maintenance workers who apply fertilizer for hire, in an effort to avoid runoff that could ruin the water supply. Broward County Extension Education agents offer training to green industry workers, in both English and Spanish, using materials developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

To date, Extension Agents have conducted eight classes to 267 individuals, 77 percent of whom received their Green Industry Best Management Practices (BMP) certification. Ninety-eight percent of participants responding to a survey said the classes increased their understanding of lawn and landscape BMPs and how they help protect Florida’s environment. For more information, call Broward County Extension Education at 954-357-5270.


Libraries Division’s New Video is Reminder of Internet Safety

Broward County Libraries Division has released a 60-second public service announcement, available on Broward County’s Video Central, to remind parents and children to be cautious when using the Internet. The video features “Cyber Sue,” a fictional persona created by the Libraries Division and local entertainer Suzy Hammer, who provides tips to help keep families safe from online dangers.

To view the new Cyber Safety video, visit and click VIDEO CENTRAL, select COMMUNITY. For more information on the Internet Safety program, contact Libraries’ Youth Services section at 954-357-7470 or visit and click CHILDREN & TEENS.


Port Everglades Master/Vision Plan Update Gains Approval

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has approved an update of the Port Everglades 20-Year Master/Vision Plan that includes new market projections and plans for increased berth space.

The Board directed staff in 2007 to conduct biennial updates to ensure that it accounts for changes in market conditions. A team of consultants performed this update, which is the first since the original plan was adopted. The entire Port Everglades Master/Vision Plan can be found at For more information on Port Everglades visit


Broward County Begins 2012 Budget Workshop Discussions

Broward County Commissioners held the first workshop to discuss the 2012 budget on March 1 and five additional budget workshops are tentatively scheduled prior to the state-mandated public hearings, which take place on September 13 and September 27 at 5:01 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, Room 422. View the budget workshops live at, click VIDEO CENTRAL. Documents pertaining to the 2012 Budget Workshop and information about the budget process can be found at


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Opens Satellite Office

Residents of Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek and Lighthouse Point do not have to travel to Fort Lauderdale to receive assistance with their Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Application. Residents can call 954-357-5025 to schedule an appointment to receive LIHEAP Assistance from a representative at a new satellite location housed in the Annie L. Weaver Health Center and Family Success Center, 2011 N.W. Third Ave., Pompano Beach.


Broward County Parks Expand Operating Hours

The Broward County Parks and Recreation Division has announced expanded hours of operation at four regional County parks. The expansion of service brings to eight the total number of County park facilities that are open seven days a week for recreation and the public’s enjoyment. Call the park of your choice for more information.

• The four parks with expanded hours of operation are: Brian Piccolo Park & Velodrome, Cooper City, 954-357-5150; C. B. Smith Park, 954-357-5170; Hollywood North Beach Park, 954-357-5187; and Quiet Waters Park, Deerfield Beach, 954-357-5100.

• Parks already open on a daily basis are: Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium, Lauderhill, 954-357-5400; Markham Park & Target Range, Sunrise, 954-357-8868; Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, 954-357-8870; and T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park, 954-357-8811.


 Commuter Program Benefits Employers and Their Employees

Broward County Transit (BCT) has a program to help residents beat the high price of gasoline, save on out-of-pocket commuting costs, and contribute toward a healthier environment. Through participation in Ride-and-Save, a pre-tax commuter benefit program, employees can save money by purchasing BCT bus passes with pre-tax dollars through their employers, who in turn save money on year-end payroll taxes. Employer registration is required. To schedule an appointment for a presentation on the Ride-and-Save program and for more information, call Broward County Transit at 954-357-8311 or go to and click FARES AND PASSES.


 Broward County Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April

Broward County joins the rest of the nation in observing Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month during April. The Sexual Assault Treatment Center will promote the prevention of sexual violence through special events and public education during the observance throughout the month. This year’s themes are “Broward Aware - Protect Our Children” and “It’s time…to get involved,” underscoring the fact that sexual assault and child abuse are intolerable crimes affecting everyone. There are several activities planned. Call 954-765-4159 for more information. More...


Airport’s North Runway Scheduled for Closure

The North Runway (9L/27R) at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will be closed from Tuesday, May 3, through Thursday, July 7, for up to 65 days to complete a number of critical construction projects and to install several safety enhancement features. During the construction period, departing and arriving flights will use the Diagonal Runway (13/31). Weekly construction updates and FAQs will be posted on the airport’s Web site at


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